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Winter Unending, Invincible Summer

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Matthew Pellegrino

Matthew Pellegrino

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pelligrinotes
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $350.00   |   Score Only (print) - $75.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Concert Toms (4)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (3)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle (2)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dedicated to the Dr. Holcomb and the Fredonia Wind Ensemble, Winter Unending, Invincible Summer was composed during the spring of 2015 for a reading with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble and then later revised during the summer. The title of the piece borrows from a quote by French author and philosopher Albert Camus,

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me,

there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

It is this sense of endless perseverance and inner strength that inspired this piece, which was composed as a tribute to people who suffer from depression. Mental illness is often overlooked in many cultures and viewed with a negative stigma. People tend to believe that the sufferer is merely weak and not actually suffering from a legitimate biochemical imbalance. Throughout my life I’ve had close friends who I have watched battle with depression, and I believe them to be some of the strongest people I’ve ever met. The piece is meant to depict a narrative of a transition from a cold, lonely winter that thaws and brings the listener someplace warm.

- Program Note by composer


  • Charles B. Olson award, 2016

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 26 January 2019
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst University Symphony Band (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 29 November 2018
  • King of Kings Lutheran Church (Woodbury, Minn.) Encore Wind Ensemble (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) - 12 March 2017
  • Fredonia State University Fredonia Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) - 12 March 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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